of water. >> there is nothing to do now but just clean up. >> reporter: new jersey's governor, chris christie known for his brashness seemed himself moved by what he saw. >> as a kid who was -- born and raised in the state, who -- who spent a lot of time over my life at the jersey shore. no question in my mind we will rebuild it. >> reporter: in cape may, the very southern tip touch the shore, no major damage. but a landscape transformed. this is an 8-foot street sign. that is now, waist high. in berkeley, the scene was equally tragically bizarre. as we made our way north along the shore, we got a sense of how vast this recovery must be. even here in seaside heights, a drowned town now, haunted by its stranded and frightened residents, and the ghosts of so many summers past. >> surreal to see. and here in new york city, things are slowly, and we stress slowly, getting back to normal.